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a loud, prolonged ringing of bells.
a set of bells tuned to one another.
a series of changes rung on a set of bells.
any loud, sustained sound or series of sounds, as of cannon, thunder, applause, or laughter.
verb (used with object)
to sound loudly and sonorously: to peal the bells of a tower.
Obsolete. to assail with loud sounds.
verb (used without object)
to sound forth in a peal; resound.
OTHER WORDS FOR peal
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Origin of peal
1350–1400; Middle English pele, akin to peal to beat, strike (now dial.)
OTHER WORDS FROM pealin·ter·peal, verb (used with object)un·pealed, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH pealpeal , peel
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How to use peal in a sentence
Bells were pealing and tolling in all directions, and the air was filled with the sound of distant shouts and cries.Davy and The Goblin|Charles E. Carryl
In Manila particularly, amidst the pealing of bells and strains of music, unfeigned enthusiasm and joy were everywhere evident.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
“But she may be happy,” Lady Engleton suggested when the ceremony was over, and the organ was pealing out the wedding march.The Daughters of Danaus|Mona Caird
Never before was the sky more blue, the air more sweet, the village church bells' pealing merrier.God Wills It!|William Stearns Davis
Still the Bells, pealing forth their changes, made the very air spin.
British Dictionary definitions for peal (1 of 2)
/ (piːl) /
a loud prolonged usually reverberating sound, as of bells, thunder, or laughter
bell-ringing a series of changes rung in accordance with specific rules, consisting of not fewer than 5000 permutations in a ring of eight bells
(not in technical usage) the set of bells in a belfry
(intr) to sound with a peal or peals
(tr) to give forth loudly and sonorously
(tr) to ring (bells) in peals
Word Origin for peal
C14 pele, variant of apele appeal
British Dictionary definitions for peal (2 of 2)
/ (piːl) /
a dialect name for a grilse or a young sea trout
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